Fair Trade Challenge

Here’s a fun little challenge for anyone who wants to turn a small act into BIG change. Fair Trade Manitoba is launching its One Month Challenge tomorrow. The challenge is a 30-day commitment to purchasing and consuming only FAIR TRADE coffee, tea and chocolate. Last year, 5,000 Manitobans took the challenge by pledging their commitment … Continue reading

Got time? We need you.

Got time? VOLUNTEER for the Roncesvalles Village 2nd Annual Holiday Food Drive! DEAR friends, As some of you may know, December 2008 marked my first holiday season in a new neighbourhood – Roncesvalles Village. My fiancé, Mike and I wanted to do something meaningful for our community and connect with our fellow neighbours. So we approached residents … Continue reading


 It’s time to pause for an intermission in our Gifts for the Generations series. We’ll be back to our regular programming tomorrow. Meanwhile… Here’s a little something new and potentially educational to try during this intermission. The Living Planet City was created by World Wildlife Fund Canada. This is what the creators have to say about it: The Living … Continue reading

Project Tanzania 2009

 (Photo via Flickr) In August, Kristle will be embarking on a very exciting journey to Tanzania. She is working with World Vision’s Survive Five Program to bring about a happy and healthy future for Tanzanian children. Do you remember your fifth birthday? Did you have a big cake with fluffy white frosting and five candles? … Continue reading


At the end of June, your fearless iP founder & community innovator became an e-mentor for Sprout – an e-course for emerging social  entrepreneurs. This wonderful initiative is brought to us by the great people at TakingITGlobal.   What is Sprout? It is an e-course that offers a way to learn, grow and connect with other social … Continue reading

Give a damn

On Saturday, I got to participate in the inaugural GiveADamn Day sponsored by United Way’s GenNext. I met up with Rebecca Chesley – Program Manager for GenNext – outside of Good Neighbours Club on Jarvis St. Got my tee and a bit of background on the Program and then away we went. There were 6 of us … Continue reading

Kiva = unity

I love the impact of micro loans. An amount like $100 can go a long way to support an entrepreneur in say Cambodia for example and once re-paid, that same $100 can be moved around to an entrepreneur in Mali. But each time the loan money circulates (even within the context of the entrepreneur’s local economy) … Continue reading

Healthy Schools Day in Canada

On Tuesday April 21, 2009, Nova Scotia MP Mr. Geoff Regan announced to Parliament that over thirty Canadian organizations have created a Healthy Schools Day in Canada. HEALTHY SCHOOLS DAY in CANADA – Journée des écoles saines du Canada is Monday, April 27, 2009. This is the inaugural year. Why a National Healthy Schools Day? … Continue reading

Come one, come all!

Back to school

I had a great chat with my uncle last night about his plans to get his elementary school on a greener path. He and his students have already worked with local naturalists and wildlife experts to develop habitat for the endangered shrike – a little known bird whose species is threatened by the dangers of … Continue reading